Another grey, wet and very mild (55 degrees!!) morning here. Hard to believe we are supposed to get some snow (1-3") overnight. The roller coaster continues.
Finally I managed to do a little decorating in the house. We don't do a lot - I have tubs of things that I don't put out now (and more ornaments than can ever fit on our tree). The buffet is done:
I love the simplicity of the birch log with candles (my Mom always had one on our dining room table) and a few favorite little pieces.
I love this little Santa and the tiny elf with a bowl of cranberries in his lap that he is stringing. But, my most favorite decoration (I know I shared this the other year) is the "jewel tree" Fletcher's Mom made for us.
This is not the best picture, but you can see it. Made with all costume jewelry pieces mounted on black velvet. It sparkles so much with the candles lit.
Fletch is planning to move some furniture in the living room today to make room for the tree. We will get that in tonight...he will string lights on it tomorrow and then we will decorate it Thursday when Colin is over for dinner.
I also managed to write some Christmas cards last night, and shipped out some packages yesterday. I have a few more to wrap and ship (and wrapping for local gifts), but I feel as though I am making progress. I do need/want to start baking a bit.
If you read Dee's Blog then you know we got together on Saturday and went to a Christmas market at the Mennonite Heritage Center. As Dee mentioned, it was a smaller market than last year, not as many craft vendors and the farmers' market portion was smaller as well. Still, it was a gorgeous day and nice to get out. We also did a bit of shopping in Skippack (love Floral & Hardy - such a fun shop), had coffee and then went out to lunch.
The weekend saw the finish of the first green sock and the start of the second!
This picture shows the color much better than my previous picture. Doesn't that yarn look pretty against my Christmas tablecloth? The cloth is one my Mom made probably 50 years ago!!!
All in all a lovely weekend and I am sticking to my promise to not get frantic this holiday season. Instead I am enjoying all that I am doing! I hope you also are enjoying this season.
I love your bits of Christmas that you have shared here! That Santa is wonderful!! (as is that hint of a table cloth!) Go you with those green socks!ReplyDelete
Nice decorating! We too have boxes of Christmas that don't tend to get used anymore. Hope the tree deocorating is fun. The canary blanket is getting big! Love how cheerful it is!ReplyDelete
I like your non-frantic approach! I haven't decorated one bit in NJ, but did hang a wreath in MD yesterday. That may be it down here since I don't have space to store decorations. The jewel tree is beautiful and your green socks, too!ReplyDelete
I've got my windows open this morning and they are calling for flurries tonight. It would be nice to see a few flakes. Key word: FEW. With the mess I have inside I don't need any shoveling to do.ReplyDelete
We've had the strange rollercoaster weather also; last night at midnight, it was 53 degrees!ReplyDelete
Your decorations look warm and homey. To me, that's the best kind. And your socks will be terrific. Well done!
Oh, Vera! That jeweled tree is just lovely! I love your festive decorations -- and that green sock, too. We had a balmy 50 degrees and rain yesterday. It's cold and snowing this morning. (Here it comes. . . ) XOReplyDelete
I need to get my decorating done! But the house needs a good clean first. I'm just waiting for Dave to leave for work and be out of my way. I can't clean properly when he's here. He just annoys me. Lol.ReplyDelete
Your green sock is beautiful!
Nothing like candles and sparkling bits to bring Christmas cheer into a home. I, too, have ornaments I rarely use, but I will not part with them.ReplyDelete
Simple is good! I really love that birch log candle holder. Look forward to seeing your tree, too.ReplyDelete
Saturday was fun. We need to find MORE Christmas markets. LOLReplyDelete
Love the jewel picture from Fletch's mom. It's GORGEOUS!
I love the memories and history of your decorations and tablecloth. It makes everything much more special. The jewel tree is beautiful. I seem to put less and less out each years but some items always make an appearance.ReplyDelete
Excellent plan! We spend too much time on the hoopla. I wish I would have thought about a jewel tree before I gave away the costume jewelry from family.ReplyDelete
What a good plan you have. I decorated with a few of our favorite things. Once I get the packages mailed, I plan on having a few quiet days of leisurely cookie baking and knitting.ReplyDelete
I'm glad you're not stressing through this wonderful month, neither am I, I'm just enjoying each thing and taking it slow. I love your birch log candleholder. I would like to use one of my birch logs to make a similar one. ((hugs)), Teresa :-ReplyDelete
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Even with my father's death, on the 1st of December, I am finding a lot of joy in the knowledge that he is with my mom! I love Christmas. I sent my father a letter a few weeks ago about how fun Christmas was at our house growing up. HE appreciated the memories. I love your tree framed! a MasterpieceReplyDelete
beautiful sock knitting! I have to start wrapping but I know I can get it done in one afternoon so I keep putting it off. Maybe Friday. Lovely decorating and I love this time of year the best.ReplyDelete
Pretty-you are knitting a beautiful sock!ReplyDelete